Act 1227 of 2013, now codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1901 et seq., established the Public School Choice Act of 2013. The law includes the following timelines:
April 1 School districts notify the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) if: (1) the school districts wish to declare an exemption from participation in the Public School Choice Act of 2013 for the 2014-2015 school year; or (2) the school districts declared an exemption from participation in the Public School Choice Act of 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year but wish to resume participation in the Public School Choice Act of 2013 during the 2014-2015 school year. School districts should mail notices of exemption or resumption of participation to:
Office of the Commissioner
ATTN: Arkansas Public School Choice Act
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Contemporaneous with notice to the ADE, the ADE also requests that school districts notify the superintendents of each of their geographically contiguous school districts of the exemption or resumption of participation. The ADE will post a list of school districts that declare an exemption or resumption of participation on its website.
June 1 Students/parents apply for school choice to a nonresident district (with a copy of the application to the resident district).
June 1 The ADE reports to each school district the net maximum number of school choice transfers for the current school year.
August 1 The superintendent of the nonresident district notifies the parent and resident district of the acceptance or denial of a school choice application.
A copy of the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Public School Choice Act of 2013 is attached to this memorandum and may be found at the following website under the heading, "Public School Choice Act":
The rules include as an attachment a school choice application.